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Winner: Sean, followed by Jake, Carol, and Chris, then Erin and Rosebud with our 2 photobombers Jackie and Rinn

Sean was slow in picking his answer, often seemed distracted, but paid enough attention to win going away. Far behind in second and third place was a pack of players.

Probably because they didn’t know that the tallest breed of dog in the world is the Great Dane or that five of the seven dwarfs have names ending in the letter Y (sorry Doc and Bashful).

Good Question!: Who is the author of “The Hunger Games” trilogy?

Choices: a. Margaret Atwood   b. Ken Liu   c. N.K.Jemisin   d. Suzanne Collins

Answer: Suzanne Collins

This question was a piece a cake for the younger players, but not so much for the older players who should know better. The NYT recently had a fascinating interview with Suzanne Collins, worth your time. Find it here

“The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins, came out in 2008. It is the first in a trilogy by the same name that includes “Catching Fire” (2009) and “Mockingjay” (2010). The series has more than 100 million copies in print worldwide, and spent more than 260 consecutive weeks on The Times best-seller list. The books have spawned four record-breaking films and many Katniss Halloween costumes.

“Brutal combat and its consequences were central concerns of The Hunger Games (2008), a dystopian tale in which two dozen adolescents are compelled by a futuristic authoritarian state to fight to the death in a televised competition. Inspired equally by reality television and Classical mythology, the novel, aimed at teenage readers, attracted intense interest in the plight of its headstrong 16-year-old heroine, Katniss Everdeen. As Collins extended the narrative with Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010), the series became a mainstay on best-seller lists, especially in the United States, and also caught on with adults, a development that provoked comparisons to the broadly popular Harry Potter and Twilight novels. Critics as well as fans admired Collins’s ability to sustain a gripping plot, which was stimulated in part by an ongoing love triangle, while also engaging in a meaningful social critique of power and violence.

A film adaptation of The Hunger Games, for which Collins wrote much of the screenplay, enjoyed enormous commercial success upon its release in 2012. By that time more than 30 million copies of the trilogy were in print in the United States alone, and e-book sales were particularly robust. Adaptations of the remaining books appeared in 2013, 2014, and 2015; the third book was released in two parts.”

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